Last Friday, the people who are making No Man’s Sky told me they’d been late to a meeting with Steven Spielberg. The legendary director waited, though, because he—like millions of other people across the world—was fiending to play No Man’s Sky. No pressure, right?
The reason Hello Games’ away team was late showing their space exploration title to ET’s daddy? The blame lies squarely on Elon Musk. Yes, the billionaire who’s putting electric cars on the road and rocketships in space just had to see the game, too. Me? I was choking on Los Angeles smog as I waited for studio co-founder Sean Murray to wrap up the demo meetings scheduled to happen before mine. Hello Games wasn’t stationed at the Los Angeles Convention Center during E3, choosing instead to rent out a penthouse apartment close-by. You could see the convention center from their perch but it seemed, appropriately, a world away.